Feng shui originated from ancient China. All the classical feng shui rules and methods were developed there. The observation and analysis of land forms, waterways and structural placement are basic to traditional feng shui. The formulae for calculating things such as distribution and quality of energy or “chi”, elemental balance, auspicious and inauspicious directions and locations, etc, have been formed in order to achieve the desired outcome for heather and prosperous living.
There are many different approaches for application of Fengshui in our daily life, few major of them are as follows :
- Traditional school : The traditional school is the oldest form of classical feng shui. It was originally concerned with the placement and orientation of tombs for the dead, and later its principals were transferred to the buildings used by the living. It examines and assesses the ‘form’ of physical objects and shapes in the natural and built environment, along with transformational elements, chi flow and the manifestations of yin and yang theories.
- Compass school : The compass school involves numerical calculations based on the direction in which a building faces, which is determined using a western compass or a Chinese ‘luo pan’. Analysis is then based on the eight compass sectors and the trigrams of the Ba Gua (which identifies nine key areas which influence different aspects of life), and the Luo Shu or ‘magic square’ is used for ‘flying stars’ analysis (to do with auspicious dates based on the observation of celestial bodies). Birth dates are sometimes taken into account in certain calculations that help to identify the relationship between individual people and the energy pattern of the environment.
- Modern Feng shui : A contemporary western interpretation of feng shui has gained popularity, particularly in America, since its introduction in the 1970-80s. This approach is based on the psychology of how to achieve goals through a targeted focus on the different aspects of life as well as classical form school principles.
- Four pillars of life destiny : Ancient Chinese devised a method of reading the life of a person from his birth Year, Month, Day, and Hour. This information is displayed in the form of four columns each consisting of two characters. Each column is called a Pillar. The four pillars together will contain eight characters. This method of Life Reading is called “The Four Pillars of Destiny” or simply “The Eight Characters”. Ancient Chinese used the combinations of two sets of words to denote time. A year is represented by two words. So is a month, a day or an hour. In the beginning, the Year Branch was used to represent the person. This is the animal sign of the person. Even today, when people talk about Chinese Astrology, they talk about your animal sign and describe your character according to the behaviour of the animal. This is the primitive level of Chinese Astrology.
Confuse ? Which school you should follow or which not ?
No need to be confuse in it. Just know every rules of applications and follow the one which you like the most. there will be no harm in following facts from one school and from other just believe them and apply it to make your life happier and fortunate.